Williams, Iris Alina Ruiz Papers, 1939-1965 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Williams, Iris Alina Ruiz, 1921-2010
Title:
Iris Alina Ruiz Williams Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0223
Date:
1939-1965
Extent:
2 boxes, 1 rolled storage container, 1.32 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Iris Alina Ruiz Williams Papers, 1939-1965, comprise photographs, drawings, a scrapbook, and a fencing foil from Williams' time as a student at Madison College and as an alumna.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Iris Alina Ruiz Williams Papers, 1939-1942, SC 0223, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

Iris Alina Ruiz Williams (1921-2010), nicknamed "Titi," was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. At age 17, she arrived in the United States for the very first time to attend Madison College where she studied Elementary Education. During her time at Madison College, from 1939-1942, Iris was an active member in various organizations. She served as treasurer for the Spanish Club, and typist for The Breeze and The Schoolma'am yearbook. She was a member of the Y.W.C.A, Newman Club, Lee Literary Society, and was a lifetime member of Theta Sigma Epsilon.

Upon graduating from Madison College in 1942, Iris married Harry Edward Williams Jr. whom she met at Madison College. They had four children. Iris later became a successful elementary school teacher and adult education teacher. She was also actively involved in her church and several organizations in her community throughout her life.

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Scope and Content

The Iris Alina Ruiz Williams Papers, 1939-1965, comprise photographs, drawings, a scrapbook, and a fencing foil from Williams' time as a student at Madison College and as an alumna.

The photographs are foldered according the following categories: classmate portraits, Madison College campus/events, and non-campus subject matter. Photographs that do not clearly document the Madison College campus or college-sponsored events are filed with non-campus photographs. Madison College related photographs include Wilson Hall, commencement ceremonies, May Day celebrations, hiking, snow scenes, dorm rooms, and candid photographs featuring Williams and her classmates. Photographs documenting non-campus scenes/events depict the New York World's Fair (1939), the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, and beach scenes.

A series of eight drawings, sketched by Williams for a college art class, depict various campus scenes.

A biographical sketch of Williams, written after her death in 2010, is included along with a photocopy of a ship's manifest documenting Williams' departure from San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 1939 for New York, with Madison College being her ultimate destination. She is listed under her maiden name, Iris Ruiz, on the document.

Williams' scrapbook documents alumnae news and activities and includes newspaper clippings, programs, and ephemera.

Williams' fencing foil used in her college fencing class is included.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated in November 2012 by Alice Williams Krum, Iris Alina Ruiz Williams' daughter. Krum made a second donation in July 2017.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5051.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Two student handbooks and a souvenir book of Harrisonburg were removed from the collection and cataloged.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Pencil drawings

Subject

  • Madison College -- History
  • Madison College -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Madison College -- Students
  • Madison College -- Students -- Social life and customs
  • James Madison University -- Students -- History
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Description and travel
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Non-Madison College photographs, 1939-1941, undated box 1 folder 1
Madison College campus/event photographs (folder 1 of 5), 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 2
Madison College campus/event photographs (folder 2 of 5), 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 3
Madison College campus/event photographs (folder 3 of 5), 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 4
Madison College campus/event photographs (folder 4 of 5), 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 5
Madison College campus/event photographs (folder 5 of 5), 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 6
Classmate portrait photographs, 1939-1942, undated box 1 folder 7
Madison College sign (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 8
Henrietta doll (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 9
Wilson Hall (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 10
Dorm room interior (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 11
Madison College buildings (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 12
Wilson Hall cupola (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 13
Madison College building entrance (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 14
Madison College smoke stack (pencil on paper), ca. 1939-1942 box 1 folder 15
USS Coamo manifest (photocopy) and biographical sketch, 1939, 2010 box 1 folder 16
Madison College Alumnae Scrapbook, 1943-1965 box OV 1
Fencing Foil, undated Rolled Storage 1